This Week In London’s History
- Monday – 31st January 1609: Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators are hanged at Old Palace Yard in Westminster.
- Tuesday – 1st February 1444: The steeple of St. Paul’s is damaged when it is struck by lightning.
- Wednesday – 2nd February 1874: Liverpool Street Station is opened.
- Thursday – 3rd February 1794: 20 people are killed at the Haymarket Theatre and many more injured in a crush to see King George III.
- Friday – 4th February 1915: Norman Wisdom is born in Marylebone. He would become a very successful entertainer, as well as (bizarrely) a cult film icon in Albania.
Random London Fact Of The Week
The Boundary Estate, in Shoreditch, is the oldest housing estate in London. It was opened in 1900 by the Prince of Wales.